ERIC Number: ED221427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Education for a Multicultural Society: What Does It Mean? Of What Importance Is It in the Classroom? Curriculum Paper.
This document provides general principles and learning activities for multicultural education in elementary and middle schools in Australia. Participating schools integrated multicultural learning into the existing curriculum. The general principles which evolved from the project are that education for a multicultural society involves more than an examination of the literature, art, music, and architecture of a particular group. Parents and the wider society outside the school need to reinforce the aims of the multicultural program and, because multiculturism means different things to different people, differences of opinion must be accepted in the same spirit accorded to cultural differences. Activities to enhance students' sense of their multicultural society include reading variations of the same fairy tale, e.g., "Cinderella" in German and French translation and in English; displaying information about significant days celebrated by various ethnic groups; studying derivations of English words and learning foreign words for greetings; conducting reviews of multicultural resources in the school library; and researching special events, customs, and celebrations of different countries. The document concludes with a discussion of teaching social studies within a multicultural framework. (KC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Queensland Dept. of Education, Brisbane (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia